Minnesota

Holiday Gallery Shop

Thru Dec. 24/MINNEAPOLIS – Textile Center’s Shop is tripling in size for the holidays and expanding to fill the Joan Mondale Gallery with even more fabulous one-of-a-kind fiber art. Many of the artists are new to the Textile Center, selling their work for the first time at this special pop-up holiday shop. Each Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm, the Holiday Gallery Shop hosts artists in person with trunk shows, demonstrations of their technique, hands-on “try it” opportunities, prize drawings, and more! Hours are 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Mon.-Thur. and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Fri.-Sat. On Sun., open noon to 4 p.m. 612-436-0464. >MORE

Sleepy Eye Holiday Lights in Motion

Thru Dec. 31/SLEEPY EYE – 5-9 p.m. You are invited to drive or walk through Sleepy Eye’s Holiday Lights in Motion featuring 85 festive trees decorated in 200,000 Christmas Lights. Tune your radio to 89.1 when entering the Sportmen’s Park Campground for choreographed holiday music. On certain days, treats will be served and horse & carriage rides will be offered. This event is free but a drop box is available for free will offerings. Sportsmen’s Park. 507-794-4731

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some)!

Nov. 29-Dec. 2 & Dec. 6-9/ROCHESTER – 7:30 p.m. (2 p.m. matinee on Sunday) at the Rochester Repertory Theatre Company. Back by popular demand! Weary of performing Charles Dickens’ expected holiday classic yet again, three actors are inspired to launch their own celebration by performing every Christmas story ever told – plus Christmas traditions from around the world – and seasonal icons from ancient times to topical pop culture. Throw in every Christmas carol ever sung and you have a madcap romp through the holiday season! Tickets are $22 and available online.  Before the show, see the Historic Mayowood Mansion all decked out for Christmas on a Historic Mayowood Mansion Christmas Tour! 507-289-1737; 507-282-9447

Winterfest

Nov. 29 & Dec. 1/FARIBAULT – The  first day kicks off with the annual store window decorating contest, horse-drawn wagon rides, carolers, Santa and his reindeer, live music and ice carving — be sure to vote for your favorite holiday display. And on Saturday, don’t miss the 2nd Annual Parade of Lights, along with fireworks and a street dance — bundle up and boogie away the winter blues! Over the weekend, take time to visit the Paradise Art Center galleries and gift shop filled with artistic wares by over 20 regional artists during the Holly Days Sales. And on Dec. 1, enjoy Mick Sterling’s “At Christmas” at the Paradise Center for the Arts. 507-334-4381; 507-332-7372. >MORE

Hometown for the Holidays

Thru Dec. 31/STILLWATER – Experience the holiday traditions you remember from your childhood along Stillwater’s historic Main Street filled with Christmas lights, decorations and events. Festival highlights include strolling carolers, free horse-drawn Victorian wagonette rides along the river, the Twinkle Parade with live music, Santa and live reindeer. Other festivities include Breakfast with Santa, holiday cooking classes, B&B tours, shopping specials, BierCycle Caroling Tours, Winter Market at Northern Vineyards, Downton Abbey Christmas Dinner at the Outing Lodge and more. Get in the old-fashioned holiday spirit! Historic Downtown Stillwater. 651-351-1717.